Head Injuries in the Workplace
The head is one of the most vulnerable parts of the human body, Damage to the head caused by a falling object or being hit on the way down as a result of a slip or trip can result in anything from a slight headache for a while to permanent brain damage or even death in certain cases. The potential for serious and/or permanent damage makes it essential that suitable precautions are taken whenever there is the potential for a health and safety risk which can pose a threat to a person's head.
When it comes to head injuries at work, the most obvious place of work where this can occur is a construction site, and results in designated areas where workers and visitors to the site should not venture to without wearing suitable hard hat protection. Usually this will be to provide some level of protection from falling objects due to activities taking place above or loose materials, but can also protect from flying debris striking the head.
Head injuries are by no means just confined to those working in the construction industry though. As mentioned in the opening paragraph, a slip or trip can subsequently result in a head injury, and so there is a potential risk in to a worker in any industry. Also, employees working in places such as a warehouse may encounter a danger from heavy objects falling onto their head from items stored high up on shelving units. The common occurrence of head injuries and their ability to happen in any place of work means that it is given attention on the syllabus of numerous health and safety training courses including the NEBOSH General Certificate, and of course specific construction safety courses such as the NEBOSH Construction Certificate, SMSTS and SSSTS courses.
And it is not just blows which can cause damage. The head incorporates important features such as eyes and ears which will require protection to prevent damage to them if the conditions in the place of work mean they are at risk. Examples will include goggles or safety masks to prevent splashing of hazardous chemicals into the eyes and ear defenders when loud machinery is present.
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